The Ultimate Tourette Syndrome Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Even though Tourette syndrome does not cause any real health complications, it can lead to significant psychological distress. A syndrome that is not well understood by medical professionals, teachers and the general public alike, Tourette syndrome can greatly impact your child's social and emotional development. Take this quiz and learn about this serious, yet non-life threatening condition.

What is Tourette syndrome?

Tourette syndrome consists of verbal and physical tics. Tics are involuntary muscle or vocal spasms.

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When does Tourette syndrome typically first appear?

Tourette syndrome typically first occurs between 6 and 10 years of age. The verbal and physical tics peak in adolescence.

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Which of the following is a common tic found in children with Tourette syndrome?

Children with Tourette syndrome commonly experience rapid eye blinking, throat clearing and hand flapping.

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Children with Tourette syndrome:

Most children with Tourette syndrome see some improvement in their symptoms by adulthood. In adulthood, many experience limited or even no symptoms of the syndrome.

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Who is at higher risk for Tourette syndrome?

Tourette syndrome is more common in boys than in girls. Typically, a child with Tourette syndrome has a group of core tics that are consistent over time.

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Children with Tourette syndrome are at risk of developing:

Many children with Tourette syndrome also develop obsessive compulsive disorder. The reason for this link is not well understood.

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Children with Tourette syndrome typically endure:

Children can be mean. Unfortunately, children with Tourette syndrome are be prone to frequent teasing and bullying by their peers.

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Trying to prevent a tic is similar to:

Many children with Tourette syndrome explain that attempting to prevent a tic is like holding in a sneeze. It may be possible to hold in a tic for a short period of time, but it becomes impossible to always prevent them.

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Tics increase in frequency when a child feels:

Children may have a better ability to control their tics when calm. Tics, however, increase in severity when a child is stressed, upset or excited.

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Extremely frequent and intense tics can result in:

Frequent and intense tics can result in muscle soreness, bruising, dental problems, skin irritation, blisters and sleep disturbance.

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Behavioral therapy for Tourette syndrome focuses on:

Tourette syndrome can be effectively treated with behavioral therapy, which includes teaching children relaxation exercises and addressing OCD related behaviors.

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Habit-reversal therapy involves:

In habit-reversal therapy, children with Tourette syndrome are taught how to replace their noticeable tics with less noticeable behaviors. This can ultimately reduce teasing and bullying.

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What other strategies may help reduce tics?

As a parent of a child with Tourette syndrome, you may need to determine your child's unique needs. Some children benefit from alternative treatments, such as frequent massage therapy for relaxation and even dietary changes.

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Tourette syndrome may go misdiagnosed as:

Most doctors are not aware of the signs and symptoms of Tourette syndrome. Your child, therefore; may be misdiagnosed as having vision problems if your child has a blinking tic, or as having a verbal delay if your child has a verbal tic.

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How do many schools attempt to manage a child with Tourette syndrome?

Many schools have little idea how to handle a child with Tourette syndrome. Many schools will simply place a child with Tourette syndrome in a special-needs class, even though there are no academic difficulties.

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